These Spicy Short Ribs are super tender, having been slow roasted in a beer-based BBQ sauce.

I served these Spicy Short Ribs several years ago for Father’s Day, and everyone – especially my dad – loved them! Not too spicy, just full of flavor. These ribs are a delicious choice for any crowd, combining beer, tomato sauce, brown sugar, jalapenos, garlic, mustard and spices in the sauce. But don’t worry, they aren’t too spicy, just full of flavor! And slow roasted so the rib meat is super tender.

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Spicy Short Ribs

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  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free



(See gluten-free adaptations in the Notes section at the bottom of the recipe.)

  • 8 pounds bone-in beef short ribs, cut into 3-inch pieces
  • 2 yellow onions, chopped
  • 3 cups tomato sauce
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup seeded and finely chopped Jalapeno peppers
  • 3 teaspoons chopped garlic
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons dry mustard
  • 3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 cups beer
  • Chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Put short ribs in large baking pans that will hold them in one layer (around 2 pans). Sprinkle onions around ribs. Set aside.
  3. In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, combine the tomato sauce, vinegar, sugar, Jalapeno pepper, garlic, mustard, cayenne pepper, cloves and cinnamon. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, for around 10 minutes, or until sauce is slightly thickened.
  4. Stir in beer. Pour sauce over ribs, cover pans and bake until meat is very tender, around 2 1/2 hours.
  5. Remove ribs from pan to a serving platter (keep warm if possible). Spoon some sauce (including pan juices) over the ribs, sprinkle with chopped cilantro and serve immediately, passing additional sauce on the side.


Gluten free: Use gluten-free beer.

Make ahead: Ribs can be cooked up to 1 day ahead. Put ribs and sauce into separate pans, cover and refrigerate. Remove any hardened fat. Bake ribs (with sauce) in 375 degree oven until heated through, around 45 minutes.

  • Author: (By Lee Clayton Roper)
  • Category: Meats, Beef, easy entertaining
  • Method: Roast
  • Cuisine: American
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Hi, I'm Lee.

I am inspired by my mother, Sally’s, love of cooking and entertaining to gather friends and family together over great meals and conversation. In fact, I held my first dinner party at the age of 16. Throughout the years, I’ve provided recipes, menu advice and cooking tips to friends seeking uncomplicated and delicious ideas for home entertaining.

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  1. This looks delicious! I love short ribs! I tried to pick up some at the Farmer’s Market this morning and they ran out before I got there. But I may try your recipe with the beef shanks I picked up instead! Thanks for sharing these at #FoodieFriDIY…I always love what you share with us!

    1. Michelle – I think this recipe would be delicious with beef shanks as well. Let me know how it comes out!

  2. I made this again the other night and it was delicious! Served it with your Creamy Parmesan Polenta and steamed Brussels Sprouts – Yum, Yum, Yum!! Some high altitude adjustments – Lower the cooking temp, more liquid and more time. I checked every hour to make sure the ribs didn’t dry out.